According to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek is looking to return to its first home: television.
The site reports reboot franchise writer/producer Alex Kurtzman is developing the new series and is currently looking for a writer to take the reins. Currently, no network is attached, but it is hoped the project will be on the air, cable, or streaming by next fall, in time for the series’ 50th anniversary in September 2016.
UPDATE: According to a revised version of the article:
The new Star Trek has been picked up straight to series at CBS, with the premiere slated for the network in January 2017. Subsequent episodes will air on its digital and VOD platform, CBS All Access. The premiere and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. Star Trek marks the first original series developed specifically for CBS All Access.
CBS All Access is a streaming subscription service priced at $5.99 a month and offering thousands of hours of CBS programing, including the previous Star Trek television shows.
While fans have clamored for another series since the end of Star Trek Enterprise, THR reports the television rights were caught in a legal jumble between CBS Corps. and Paramount Pictures following a merger between CBS and Paramount’s parent company Viacom.
Kurtzman co-wrote the reboot Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and is involved in Star Trek Beyond as a producer.
The new series will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes.”